Bhoomi is a gorgeous, modern Indian restaurant just newly opened in Glebe, with a contemporary, global influence on some dishes in the fusion menu.
We decided to go with the Taste of Bhoomi degustation menu for dinner ($85 per person) to sample more of their signature dishes in one hit. We started off the meal with the crunchy Holi Pappadum crisps, which came in three different flavours (including the vividly coloured beetroot variant) and were topped with a delicious Smoked Salmon Mousse.
Holi Pappadums with Smoked Salmon Mousse
Next up, we had their Kingfish Ceviche Pani Puri which put a South American twist on the Indian appetiser, with zesty, fresh flavours coming through the juicy seafood delicately peeking out of the tasty bite-sized morsel.
Kingfish Ceviche Pani Puri
We moved into more traditional Indian cuisine territory with their take on a mini Masala Dosa lentil pancake, carefully rolled up and drizzled with a rich Lamb Vindaloo curry that came in a cute bucket on the side. A very flavoursome way to segue into the heavier elements of the menu.
Lamb Vindaloo Mini Masala Dosa
One of the highlights of the degustation menu was the Scallop Papdi, which not only looked amazing in its cloud-like presentation, but actually ended up tasting a bit like Mexican tostadas with the crispy, thin papdi wafer base covered with an intriguing foam and succulent scallops, seasoned with onion, chilli and capers for a meld of zingy sourness.
Scallop Papdi with Onion, Capers and Chilli
Before moving into the mains, we had a couple of “palate cleansers” that were more flavourful than we expected – first up was the intense Tamarind Rasam Shot, a strong hit of spicy, savoury sourness in one little shot glass of soup.
Tamarind Rasam Shot
Their Tri-daali Betel Leaf Salad was a delicious way to get some greens, with a mix of different textural elements (some crunchy) and coated in an addictive daal sauce that had garlicky flavour shining through in a simple, yet effective side dish.
Tri-daali Betel Leaf Salad
Now for the mains – we chose the Sri Lankan White Fish Curry which was fragrant and flavoursome, drizzled over the panfried fish with a medley of roasted cherry tomatoes and lotus root crisps for a different kind of accompaniment. We mopped this curry up with some toasty hot naan bread on the side.
Sri Lankan Fish Curry
We also enjoyed their hearty Tandoori Lamb Rack, which came from their wood fired oven and were tender and marinated well in the classic Indian spices.
Tandoori Lamb Rack
For a sweet ending to our degustation, we indulged in the Bhoomi Dessert Platter which showed a variety of different treats. We loved the working our way through the refreshing mango and passionfruit sorbet, the deconstructed cheese cake, delectable Valrhona chocolate dosa pancake and chewy gulab jamun cake and sesame snap petit fours.
Bhoomi Dessert Platter
We sipped on some interesting cocktails throughout our meal as well – the Romance in Draas caught our eye and was a divine concoction featuring rose gin, vermouth, campari and agave that hit all the right floral notes. We also tried out their interesting Kokum Bellini, which showcases a little-known Indian sweet berry with a distinctive tang (usually used in curries) – paired with some champagne it creates quite an unique drink.
Romance in Draas, $22 and Kokum Bellini, $20
We are fans of the modern flair to the dishes served up at Bhoomi, which showcase how Indian flavours and ingredients can be adapted to a fusion menu to meld together global elements in unexpected but delicious ways. The stunning decor in this spacious restaurant makes it a perfect spot for dates and group catch ups which are accommodated in different nooks. We will be back to try out more of their interesting and varied menu.
Excuse Me Waiter dined as guests of Bhoomi
134 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW 2037
Phone: (02) 9518 9700